I’m back from sunnier climes, after a 10-hour race across France to make our scheduled train crossing !
Full of ideas for new models, there are some lovely buildings in the region which are crying out to be part of our 2mm range. I’ve returned with 200+ photos and several books, now I just need to make some free time …
I’ve gone straight back into Brigade mode – there was a parcel of new prints waiting for me on my return, so this has been ripped open and I’ve been busily prepping them for moulding. In the photo below we have some large detached English houses (top left) and English town buildings (top right) – town hall, library, large school, hospital, clock tower etc. The bottom row is the start of range of Normandy buildings – several churches, a mairie and a set of rural/small village buildings.
And in case you think we’d forgotten all about them, the remastered British spaceships are also ready to be remoulded:
We have a couple of bigger buildings in the 2mm range today. The Large Mediterranean Church is based on the one in Lourmarin, Provence – compare it with a photo of the real thing below. I’ll stump up a small prize if anyone can accurately paint all of the bars on the windows at 2mm scale !
The second model is a small hotel set in it’s own raised grounds. It would look good as the centre-piece of a village, maybe build into the side of a hill or even on a small island.
VLI-8020 – Large Mediterranean Church – £3.00
VLI-8021 – Hotel with Grounds – £2.50
This week we’re releasing some small coastal forts in our 2mm buildings range – two variants of the famous Martello Tower, and the tiny Fort Vauville from Normandy’s west coast which dates from the Seven Years’ War.
VLI-8025a – Martello Tower (single gun) – £0.75
VLI-8025b – Martello Tower (three gun) – £0.75
VLI-8026 – Fort Vauville – £1.00
News just in – Shapeways are having a sale on their White, Strong and Flexible material (a rough-finish white nylon). From now until August 6th, you can get 10% off using the code rah1v.
So if you fancy our recent Chain Home WW2 radar set, some 15mm Moisture Collectors or 6mm Power Pylons, or any of our plethora of WW2 Normandy houses, now’s the time to buy.
We’re on a roll now with the new releases – we have not one, but two new sets in our 2mm scenics range this week (although they are closely related). If you’re going to depict a proper late C.19th scene (the timeframe for Land Ironclads and slap in the middle of the Age of Steam) you really need railways to move people and goods, so we have sets of both track and railway buildings.
VLI-8023 – Railway Track – £5.00
VLI-8024 – Railway Buildings – £7.00
These are obviously British-style railway buildings, so we know we’ll have to follow up with stations and other buildings for continental, US and other railway systems.
In answer to the obvious question, we’ll be following up with rolling stock and engines at a later date, and also a pet favourite of mine, armoured trains …
Last week’s delivery of models included our Victorian power station, based on the Lots Road station in Chelsea, central London (although scaled down). It looks even more impressive now we have it in our hands, and larger than we thought – which means that it might end up as a resin model with metal components. The final set will include an assortment of sheds and workshops along with cranes, coal barges and a tugboat (most power stations of the time were located by rivers, presumably to make supplying them with coal easier).
It was mail call time this week at Brigade Towers, which is always exciting. Yet another package landed containing a plethora of models, some of which were test prints for items in the Shapeways Shop. Clicking on any of the model pictures below will take you straight to the relevant page in the shop.
First up, and my favourite of this batch, is a set depicting a WW2 Chain Home radar installation. As well as the four receiver and transmitter towers you get the transmitter and receiver blocks with protective blast walls, a generator bunker, Nissen huts and accommodation block. All of this is modelled to 1/1000th scale so will fit perfectly with 2mm or 1/1200th or larger scale aircraft – I’ll be using mine with 1/600th aircraft once it’s painted.
Staying in the same scale and with the aerial theme, the second and third sets are variations on our existing airship mooring mast. The first one has the same mast but with a set of huts similar to those formerly found at RAF Cardington (the mast is long gone but the concrete base of the mast is still clearly visible from the air, and the winch hut is still in place).
The second variant has the same mooring mast with a two-storey building at the base – very much like the ones found around the Empire, in Canada and India.
Last but not least, something we made by customer request; these are scaled up versions of our 15mm Moisture Collectors, designed for 25/28mm models (the Tau Firewarrior was the only SF figure of this scale I had to hand – he’s just there to show you how big they are !). They are sold as a set of six, but if you’d like to order a different number, contact us and we’ll set it up so you can buy the right amount.
We were hoping to maintain a decent release schedule this summer, but events have conspired against us so far (in a nice way, we’ve been very busy with orders lately so we just haven’t had time to put into new releases).
However, we have something new today and we’re hoping to keep this going over the next few weeks with regular releases. Today’s new item is in our 2mm range, a set of English town shops. The pack consists of twenty unique 2, 3 and 4-storey buildings to make up a bustling town centre.
VLI-8022 – English Town Shops – £5.00
Following on from yesterday’s post, we have a few more 2mm bits and pieces – again, if you follow our blog regularly you’ll have seen these in master form but not as castings.
First up, three small coastal fortifications. The centre model may look like a small house inside a stone wall, because that’s in fact what it is – I visited the site last year and had no idea I was walking round a fort, from ground level it looks very unimposing (I was more interested in the various WW2 bunkers around it). However, it is Fort Vauville, a Vauban fort from the Seven Years War. If you want to stay there, it’s available to rent as a holiday home – and the beach on which it sits is fantastic, if a bit windy.
The two models at the back are more recognisable, being two variants of Martello Tower, of which almost fifty survive around the coast of south-east England and in many other places around the world.
The three forts should be available in a month or so.
Finally (for today) we have two non-military coastal models – a small lighthouse and a daymark (a lighthouse without a light, effectively).
A big box of new 3D prints arrived at Brigade Towers yesterday, so we’ll be previewing more new stuff next week.
Phil and I have finally cleared the recent mini-tsunami of orders, so we’re hopefully back to normal again – which should mean more time to post here (and, before anyone asks, I’ll be back to prepping the new British spaceship masters for moulding).
Amongst the flurry of casting, Phil did find time to pop a few models in moulds. If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll have seen most of these before, but only in master form – this is the first view of the castings. We’ll have a new 2mm release at the end of this week and the models below will follow over the next month or so.
Firstly we have two railway sets, one of various English railway buildings including platforms, two small stations, water tower, signal box, and two engine sheds. And to base all of this around, obviously a pack of track is needed.
The next couple of models are to support our recently released Mediterranean village. There is a large church (very large, much bigger than any of the English ones) and a small (but very exclusive) hotel with it’s own grounds including a pond and summerhouse.
We’ll have more previews tomorrow.